Day in history for February 27, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Nine hundred people left New York for California. People should think twice before rushing to the gold fields. In San Francisco, it is reported, 400 have gone insane.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Since The Argus was the first to present the theory that impure hydrant water is the cause of our city's serious epidemic of winter cholera, some must deny the theory. But Dr. Calvin Truesdale now has proved that sewage-poisoned water is the cause of our present scourge.

1902 -- 100 years ago
It has been many winters since we have had such strong ice in the Mississippi. Nowhere is the ice less than 15 inches thick. Five hundred people cross on the ice daily between Davenport and Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
One hundred men took part in a wolf hunt in the hills five miles east of Coal Valley, but no wolf was sighted.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Dr. Conrad Bergendoff, president of Augustana College, will introduce U.S. Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio, candidate for the Republican nomination for president, when Taft appears at a rally in Augustana gymnasium Friday night.

1977 -- 25 years ago
George Reynolds, Cambridge, an engineering technician at Rodman Laboratory on Arsenal Island, has been chosen the first recipient of the Inventor of the Year award. The Arsenal invention evaluation committee selected Reynolds for being the most prolific inventor, having received two patents last year and filed for two others.

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